Christopher Sullivan, Ph.D.; LPC
Director of Health, Counseling, and Disability Access Services
As the Clinical Director for Counseling Services, Dr. Chris Sullivan is the chief mental health officer on campus. He has over 20 years of experience working with college students and is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Missouri. He completed his doctorate in counseling at UMSL, with an emphasis in multicultural counseling. His clinical work emphasizes a holistic approach to mental health, based in a strengths-oriented perspective focused on well-being and healing, while taking into consideration the impact of culture, relationships, and the need for social justice in society. A proud native son of west-central Wisconsin, he loves spending time with his family, squeaky cheese curds, and getting (kind of) lost in the woods. And, yes, he does miss cold winters.
Erin Vasconcelles, Ph.D.
Licensed Psychologist, Clinical Lead & Training Coordinator
Dr. Erin Vasconcelles received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Bowling Green State University and is a Licensed Psychologist in Missouri. She has worked in a number of university counseling centers throughout her career and has been at UMSL since 2010. Erin has a number of clinical interests including the treatment of anxiety and depression, interpersonal relationships and identity related concerns. She also has significant training and interest in sport psychology and performance-related concerns. Erin’s clinical approach is best described as warm, client-centered and strengths based. She sees her role as a therapist as assisting her clients as they identify their therapeutic goals, explore the cultural and relational contexts which shape their thoughts, feelings, beliefs and values and learn skills that will support the process of change. In addition to providing individual therapy, Erin also serves as Training Coordinator for the training program for advanced graduate students and provides individual and group supervision. In her free time, Erin is an avid sports fan and can be found rooting on her beloved St. Louis Cardinals and Green Bay Packers. She is passionate about growing orchids and enjoys spending time with her family, friends and furry children.
Tanadja "TJ" Barber, LPC
Art Therapist & Outreach Coordinator
TJ Barber is an Art Therapist and Licensed Professional Counselor. Originally from the state of Georgia, she received a Master of Art Therapy Counseling degree from the Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville, IL. During her time as a clinician in community mental health, she enjoyed working with children and adolescents by utilizing Art and Play Therapy. She is excited to join UMSL and to work with our students. TJ has significant experience in interpersonal violence, minority stress, sex/sexuality, and LGBTQIA+ related concerns. In therapy, TJ hopes to facilitate a safe and supportive environment to examine the inner critic and to soften its tune to be more conducive to a sense of wellness. As an Art Therapist, she utilizes creativity to help express emotions, improve self-esteem, and overall quality of life. She believes art materials come with inherent healing properties and that "scribbles and stick figures are valuable, too". In addition to individual and group therapy, TJ serves as UMSL's Outreach Coordinator where she will be coordinating campus community events, workshops, and other opportunities. In her free time, TJ enjoys cooking, crocheting, listening to music, and playing "The Sims".
Hannah Emery, Ph.D.
Licensed Psychologist & Group Coordinator
Dr. Hannah Emery completed her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Memphis and is a Licensed Psychologist in Missouri. She has worked in several different counseling centers with the most recent being Virginia Tech’s Cook Counseling Center. Hannah enjoys working with students with a wide variety of clinical concerns and has a particular interest in working with students to address trauma, disordered eating behaviors, unhealthy relationships, interpersonal issues, and identity concerns. Hannah’s approach to therapy is client-centered and collaborative. She believes in providing a warm, supportive space for clients to explore and process their concerns in a relational and cultural context. She likes to incorporate a myriad of different styles, including emotion-focused/experiential methods, strengths-based approaches, and skill learning. In addition to the provision of individual therapy, Hannah serves as the Group Coordinator and is working to develop group and workshop resources for UMSL students. In her free time, Hannah enjoys spending time with her partner and two fur-babies, doing anything outside, watching movies, and cooking.
Melisa Martinez, MA
Staff Clinician & Multicultural Specialist
Melisa Martinez is a clinician and a doctoral candidate in Counseling Psychology at Auburn University. Melisa also serves as the Multicultural Specialist and helps coordinate diversity, inclusion, and equity efforts within Counseling Services and throughout the greater UMSL community. She has worked in several university counseling centers with the most recent being Norwich University. Melisa has a particular interest in working with students to address complex and racial trauma, identity concerns, substance use, and interpersonal issues. Melisa incorporates a variety of therapeutic styles in her work, including emotion- focused, strength-based, multicultural, and systems approaches. The work that Melisa does is particularly meaningful to her because of her own upbringing and life journey as a first-generation Latina college graduate and the daughter of an immigrant. Melisa is passionate about helping students cope with the challenges of college so that they can graduate, achieve their dreams, and be successful. Melisa credits much of her success to the support and encouragement she has received from mentors, professors, friends, and family. In her free time, Melisa enjoys swimming, going to concerts, figuring out where to get the best tacos, cheering for Auburn football, and spending time with her Chihuahua, Nani.
Karen Munkel, MSW, LCSW
Karen Munkel received her Masters of Social Work from Washington University in St. Louis. She enjoys working with a wide variety of people and issues that include sexuality, gender, LGBTQ issues, interpersonal and relationship issues, issues with identity or spirituality, trauma, grief, depression and anxiety. She is invested in a holistic clinical approach that incorporates using existing strengths as well as encouraging new ideas to move towards a greater sense of well-being and personal fulfillment. In counseling, Karen hopes to create a warm and supportive atmosphere to allow collaboration in working towards the client’s goals. She enjoys open expression about the therapy process and valuing clients as leaders in the change process. She is a St. Louis native who has done extensive traveling, spending time living in Europe and the Caribbean, and loves to travel any chance she can get. Karen has a background in theatre, having worked as a Stage Manager in New York City and is a believer in putting art, inspiration and expression into our everyday lives in whatever form it takes.
Mindy Stratmann-Sebol, MA, LPC
Crisis Counselor and Victim Advocate
Mindy Stratmann-Sebol received her Master’s degree in Professional Counseling from McKendree University and is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Missouri. She works for UMSL Counseling Services as a crisis counselor, victim advocate, and case manager. Mindy worked for many years with women experiencing homelessness, as well as serving as an administrator for a sexual assault victims’ care unit. She has many clinical interests which include trauma, gender and LGBTQ issues, interpersonal relationships, and the goal of making UMSL a sexual assault-free campus. When counseling survivors of trauma, Mindy’s role is to provide a safe, supportive environment in which they feel heard and respected so they can discover their strength as they heal and grow. In addition, her knowledge of resources and experience in advocating for assault and abuse survivors’ needs allows her to help students navigate the healing and rebuilding process. Her counseling style is client-centered and reflects the client’s immediate needs for their stage in their change. As a mother to a young daughter, Mindy has a firsthand understanding of the demands of parenthood, but when she and her husband do get free time they spend it with friends and family, sleeping through FRIENDS reruns, and plotting how to move the beach closer to St. Louis.